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CEA Mark of Excellence Awards Honor Michael Pope

CEA's Mark of Excellence Awards recognizes Michael Pope of Audio Video Interiors with its coveted Tech Home Leadership Award, and crowns other integrators for top installations.


Michael Pope holds his CEA Tech Home Leadership Award commending his 30 years of industry service.

With such a top-notch company, you would think Michael Pope, president of CE Pro 100 company Audio Video Interiors in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, would have a bigger ego. But he doesn’t, and humble as always, Pope accepted the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) TechHome Division’s Leadership Award on behalf of his entire team.

In a small but lively ceremony at CES 2013, the CEA announced the winners for the 2013 Mark of Excellence Systems Integrator Awards.

CEA’s Mark of Excellence System Integrator Awards program recognizes the most innovative home technology custom installation projects and designs. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of industry experts across more than 14 categories ranging from security, energy management, tele-wellness and home theater.

Pope began in the custom installation industry 30 years ago as an owner of a residential and commercial security business.  That business sold in 1987 to a large national security chain.  He formed Securitec Inc. in 1990 as a residential custom Integration business integrating security, custom audio/video, and automation solutions.  In 1999, Pope expanded by purchasing Audio Video Interiors, a local custom audio/video installation business and began marketing as Audio Video Interiors, a division of Securitec Inc.  In 2003, Securitec formally changed its corporate identity to become Audio Video Interiors Inc. and the security business unit formally incorporated as Safety Technologies Inc.

Pope has participated on numerous industry boards. He is a past member on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Electronic Life Safety & Security Association and CEA TechHome Board of Directors. He currently chairs the Audio Video Retailer division for CEA.  Pope is a CEDIA Designer Level I and is a THX Certified Home Theater Technician.

In accepting the award, Pope humbly said it was not an individual award, but a company award that he proudly accepts on behalf of his entire team.

Here are the other winners of the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards:

Multi-Room Audio/Video Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: Structured Home Solution, LLC – LaVerghetta
Gold Winner: Futuristic Home Inc. – McTernan Residence Point Lookout NY.

Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment – Southern Comfort
Gold Winner: SoundVision, Inc. – Kentfield/Media Room

Innovation Award
Platinum Winner: SmartHouse Integration – Odegard’s Outdoor Oasis
Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Bellagio Fountain Backyard

Lighting Control Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Custom LED Light Control in Malibu

Retrofit Project of the Year under $50,000
Platinum Winner: 1 Sound Choice – Deyoung Family Theater

Specialty Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – High-Tech Dog Rescue
Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – The Ultimate Conference Room

Home of the Year (installed price up to $50,000)
Gold Winner: The Hunter Group – Mandeville House

Custom Home of the Year (installed price between $50,000 - $150,000)
Platinum Winner: Futuristic Home Inc. – McTernan Residence Point Lookout NY
Gold Winner: Structured Home Solutions, LLC - LaVerghetta

Luxury Home of the Year (installed price between $150,000 - $300,000)
Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Control Meets Elegance
Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – High-Tech Luxury Living

Ultimate Home of the Year (installed price above $300,000)
Platinum Winner: Electronics Design Group – Modern Luxury
Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Retrofit Automation in Los Angeles

Sustainable Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: cyberManor – Holland-Yates Residence

Universal Design Project of the Year
Platinum Winner: Electronics Design Group – Hidden Entertainment

TechHome Integrator of the Year
SoundVision, Inc.

TechHome Small Business Integrator of the Year
Cyber Home Networks, Inc.

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About the Author

Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.


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